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Welcome to the website of the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS).

 

Hon. President: Dr. Chris Burgess

 

The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till".

 

We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland. However, we are not averse to straying into other areas of the Border lands when it suits us to do so!

 

< Please click on the tabs on the top left-hand side of this page to learn about the Society and its activities.

 

 

 

 

Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge

 

The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.

The Till Valley in north Northumberland, UK, is rich in history and archaeological sites. It is also an attractive and varied landscape. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      

                                                                                                            

All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.

Photo-A concentrated effort in a trench below Branxton Hill in the area where the Scots army found themselves in difficult ground on 9th September 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.

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News

FEBRUARY 2016

CONGRATULATIONS!

Two TillVAS teams came 1st and 3rd at the Glendale LHS Quiz Night on 26th January. Well done to Alan & Wendy, Maureen, John & Heather, Heather W, Valerie and Colin.

TWO DATES FOR THE DIARY

1. Sat., 13th February, 10am until 12noon—TillVAS Coffee Morning at Crookham Village Hall. More than a coffee morning!-many things to look at.

2. Sat., 20th February, 10am until 12noon—Branxton Road Show in Branxton Village Hall. Refreshments provided.

BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS

Please note the following:-

1. Social History Group Meeting-Friday, 5th February, 2pm at Crookham Village Hall.

2. Archaeology Group Meeting-Thursday, 25th February in the morning. Time to be notified.

3. Archives Meeting-Saturday, 27th February, 2pm at Crookham Village Hall. A 'drop-in' meeting to see TillVAS documents.

4. Oral History Group

Tuesday, March 8th, 10am-12noon at Crookham Village Hall.

5. Historic Buildings Group

Meeting-Tuesday, March 8th, 2pm -4.00pm at Crookham Village Hall.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, TILLVAS MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OTHER ATLAS GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS.

NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK

from Old Bewick to Blawearie and back (by a different route), led by our Honorary Member, John Nolan. This was an excellent day out in cold but dry and still weather, attended by 18 members including our leader. We saw hill forts, cairns, cup and ring marks, the impressive (in terms of the quality of the masonry) and atmospheric ruins at Blawearie, pillboxes and a marvellous landscape. Many thanks to John Nolan and also to Alan Urwin, Maureen Charlton and Colin Wakeling for making the arrangements. See the Photograph Gallery. Also see Report on Events to look at John's Walk and Research Notes with information on history and archaeology along the route.

THE NEXT LECTURE

will be on Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall when Lady Caroline Douglas-Home, MBE, will speak on "Dial Knowe: Excavations at The Hirsel".

BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS—UPDATE

Click on the tag above to reach the page for the latest information on meetings.

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see the October/November Newsletter.

PREVIOUS LECTURE REPORTS

Click on Report on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.

BOOKSTALL

The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop, Etal Village Shop and Ford Village Shop.

 

There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.